I’ve just been to an enjoyable concert at a church in Leeds, featuring a performance of Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (“Hymn of Praise”).
The most famous section is the soprano duet and chorus, “I waited for the Lord”, which I sang with my school choir sang many moons ago.. According to the programme notes, Lobgesang was popular with 19th century choral societies, but has since lapsed into “near total neglect”, which the writer describes as “unjustified”.
I agree: it’s a splendid piece. Anyone looking for material for their choral society or choir’s next concert might want to check this out. It lasts about 50 minutes (if the opening “symphony” is omitted, as tonight), so it’s a good “second half”.